The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution on Feb. 23 to explore mastery-based learning and grading. The motion by Board Member Tanya Ortiz Franklin was co-sponsored by fellow Board Member Jackie Goldberg and Board President Kelly Gonez.
Mastery-based learning and grading is a growth mindset approach to teaching and learning based on the expectation that everyone can learn when provided with the right conditions and support. The resolution, titled “Exploring Mastery-Based Learning and Grading,” commits to achieving equity for all student groups in college readiness and recognizes that mastery-based learning and grading may be an important tool.
“While the pandemic has exerted unimaginable pressure and challenges for our students, families and educators, it also provides a unique opportunity to focus on what matters most in teaching and learning,” Ortiz Franklin said. “With this resolution, our goal will be to collectively explore the ways we can shift the focus of traditional grading – which is usually weighted, averaged grades of assignments completed over time – to instead reflect a student’s true understanding of learning targets and content standards, demonstrative of college and career readiness.”
The resolution also directs Superintendent Austin Beutner to create a vision and multi-year, district-wide equitable grading plan, including a path to mastery-based learning and grading incorporating guidance from a newly formed Grading Advisory Group.
“I’m proud to support this move toward a more holistic, equitable grading system that focuses on the content students have mastered, rather than simply the amount of work they complete – especially now as we work to address the learning loss that so many kids are experiencing during the pandemic,” Board Member Nick Melvoin said.
For information, visit laschoolboard.org/02-23-21SpclBdCharter.
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